Jan Davidsz. de Heem was an exceptional artist in his time in the Netherlands, a region divided since the fall of Antwerp in 1585.
As a painter, he succeeded in bringing the beauty of the still life to a climax beyond national borders, partly through his high standards of quality and partly through his constant search for innovation, keeping the genre very much alive.
Dr. Fred G. Meijer is the curator of this exhibition. As a renowned expert on seventeenth-century painting in the northern and southern Netherlands, and especially for his unsurpassed knowledge of still-life painting of the period, he is the curator of choice for this exhibition. In 2016, he received his Ph.D. with a monographic dissertation on the life and work of Jan Davidsz. de Heem, which will be published as a book before the opening of the exhibition.